Most people think that freelance writers have it made, and we do to a degree. I mean we get to stay home, go to the coffee shop, or anywhere we want and write to make money. It is a wonderful job, but it also hard work and as a business, we don’t always rake in the kind of money we’d like.
Being an excellent and productive freelance writer takes more than just desire. It takes hard work, patience, and perseverance. Here are a few tips that will make you the best freelance writer that you can be.
- Write down your business goals.
It is so important to write down your business goals and have them in a spot where you can see them often. Perhaps you want to make $2000 a month or land a full-time writing gig for that superstar magazine. Maybe you want to write your own novel or self-help book. Make your goals visible and create action plans to achieve those goals. If you see it, believe it, take action toward it, you will achieve it!
- Have set work hours.
As a writer, I know how easy it is to get sidetracked throughout the day and get behind in my writing. The house is messy and I feel I have to clean it or the fridge is empty and I need to fill it. I have learned that having set working hours helps me to accomplish my work before the dinner bell rings so I don’t have to try to finish my tasks while tired in the evening. Set your hours and actually “work”. You may take a couple breaks, of course, but you will be more productive if you stick to a work schedule.
- Turn your phone off while writing.
This may be hard to do, but turning off your phone will help you to be more productive. You won’t get distracted by texts or phone calls and won’t be enticed to have texting conversations instead of writing.
- Designate a spot for your office.
I do like to sit on my comfortable couch and work, but I also understand the importance of having an office in a location where distractions are limited. It is a good idea to have your workspace away from the main living area of your home so that you won’t be distracted by kids, friends, or family.
- Never Give Up!
Sometimes when work is slim you may be tempted to give up on your dream of being an astounding and productive freelance writer. Hang in there because patience really is a virtue. Try to keep positive and turn rejection or low times into learning experiences. Keep learning and rolling with the punches. Remember that best-selling authors were not made in one day. They worked their butts off little by little just like you and me.
You can be successful as a freelance writer so hang in there and be proud of where you are right now on the way to where you are going!